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Re: Single board PC inside CM15A
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2018, 06:03:14 PM »

I found a local dealer (actually a couple) that carry the ODROIDs along with a few other boards.
Looking over some specs I see the Orange Pi Zero will fit as well though the ODROID has much more power.
I ordered an ODROID C0 and it arrive yesterday. This initially looks like it was made for the newer CM15As.
The whole battery compartment will still need to be removed not just half like the Pi Zero but I believe this board will provide the most options from what I've found for add-ons. The connector pack gives me a few things to play with like the IR sensor for a remote. It does supply a single and double USB port as a choice but initial measurements look like the double port will fit.
Also there is a add-on Serial to USB port ( not in the kit) which would allow a third port if needed.
The SD card slot and EMMC case may need to be opened to access those but I'm hoping I can mount the board so simply sliding the battery cover off will expose them.
This was intended to be a 2018-19 winter project but I'm getting itchy fingers. rofl

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Re: SBC inside a CM15A
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2018, 06:16:08 AM »

So I started to modify a Cm15 case for the ODROID C0  on rainy days. I just can wait. rofl
I only have the battery compartment removed so far as I'm still working out mounting points.
I'm doing this mod a bit slower and it appears if one is to use the SD card over the emmc the board can only be mounted one way.
This only allows for one USB port to be mounted. This isn't a big deal as I planed to wire the second directly to the Cm15 USB port.
I also wasn't a fan of having the USB port on the side of the antenna.
As well going this route will allow (I believe) a larger heat sink if desired.
This mod will be for the newer Cm15A modules that don't have the RF daughter boards however once done I'll see if it is possible to use with the older CM15As
I also ordered a serial to USB addon  board I'll attempt to use with this. once it arrives I'll know for sure if it is usable with this mod . If not it will work with any Pi.
Once completed I post a complete how to (with Pics) on my forum. >!
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Re: SBC inside a CM15A
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2018, 05:56:27 PM »

While working on my ODROID/CM15A mod I discovered the Pi Zero has USB test solder pads on the back. :)% These are used by several USB addon daughter boards which add up to 4 full sized USB Ports.
This should allow an easy way to do away with the USB cable I currently am using, providing a cleaner look and also free up a USB port. I added links to the mod thread on my site in case some one wishes to do this prior to me getting to it. http://forums.tuicemen.net/index.php?topic=1291.msg8083#msg8083
In any case I will continue to update that thread (with additional pics) once I have that mod addition completed.
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Re: SBC inside a CM15A
« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2018, 05:36:50 PM »

Rainy day here at the cottage so I embedded my ODROID C0 into a CM15A.
With this mod I soldered the USB port connections of the CM15 to the spare USB connector pins of the ODROID  I soldered a single USB port to the board to allow an external Wi-Fi module since this board has no Wi-Fi.
I'm in the midst of setting up Domoticz on this SBC now. Tests with Mochad have been successful so my soldering was a success.
 It may be some time before I get this mod fully documented with pics but I just had to post my success! :)%
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Re: SBC inside a CM15A
« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2018, 07:51:27 PM »

WOHOO!!
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Re: SBC inside a CM15A
« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2018, 12:46:18 AM »

Congrats Tuice!  #:)  You get more done on a rainy afternoon than the Willie devs do in a year.  >!
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Re: SBC inside a CM15A
« Reply #21 on: September 26, 2018, 07:33:31 AM »

 rofl I guess now that this winter project is done I'll have more time to dig into the willy and see what I can do with it.
I do want to hard wire my PI Zero which will free up a USB port for maybe a Zwave dongle hook up. ;)
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